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Thu Apr 18, 2013 9:37PM
The site of a car bombing in Baghdad on March 19, 2013 (file photo)

The site of a car bombing in Baghdad on March 19, 2013 (file photo)

At least 27 have been killed and more than 50 others injured in a bombing at a coffee shop in western Baghdad, security and medical officials say. The explosion occurred at 10:00 p.m. local time (1900 GMT) on Thursday at a small shopping mall in the capital’s Amiriyah neighborhood, AFP reported, citing unnamed officials. Three children were among those killed, according to the officials. No group claimed the responsibility for the attack. Thursday’s bombing marks the latest in a spate of violence just ahead of Iraq's provincial elections on 20 April, the first in the country since 2010. On Monday, at least 31 people were killed and more than 200 others were injured in a spate of bomb attacks across Iraq. On Tuesday, similar bomb attacks claimed nine lives and wounded 27 in central Iraq. On April 14, at least 10 people, including a provincial elections candidate and seven policemen, lost their lives in multiple attacks across the country. Iraq's provincial elections are due to be held in 12 of the country's 18 provinces. More than 8,000 candidates have registered to compete for the 378 seats up for grab and an estimated 16.2 million Iraqis are eligible to vote. MN/MHB
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